Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini indicated that David Santos might have regained the starting Mike linebacker position. Pelini made the remarks at his weekly press conference today.
Pelini said that linebackers Nate Gerry and Josh Banderas have hit the “freshman wall.” The two true freshman have been major contributors on the field for the Husker defense through four games this season. Santos, who was given a blackshirt before the season began, has not been a factor for Nebraska. At times he has looked slow, out of place, and has not made much of an impact at all.
Hopefully being benched has inspired Santos to take his game to the next level. Santos was expected to lead the young linebackers in 2013 after an injury sidelined Trevor Roach for the year. He has all of the physical tools to be a playmaker for the Huskers, and now has a second opportunity to prove himself.
As for Banderas and Gerry, it now becomes a battle to overcome the “wall” they seem to have run into. From everything that the coaching staff has said about the two linebackers, they will likely rebound from the temporary setback and be a big part of any success the defense will have in Big Ten play.